Dinamo’s long-running losing streak continues, but the Latvians gave high-flying Avtomobilist a real scare in this game. The visitor was looking to build on a three-game winning streak and keep up the pressure on Ak Bars at the top of the Eastern Conference, and had every reason for confidence after a 7-2 win at home to Riga two weeks earlier.
However, Dinamo was ready for a much-improved performance and took the game to its visitor from the start. Gennady Stolyarov opened the scoring in the third minute and even when Nikita Tryamkin tied it up with a short-handed goal, Riga responded to regain the lead on the same power play. Kristaps Zile was the scorer; the defenseman’s only other goal this season also came against the Motormen.
The Latvians held that lead until the interval but Dan Sexton tied it up early in the second. Then Avtomobilist began to exert control over the game. Stanislav Galimov stopped 17 shots in the second period and made 16 more saves in a one-sided third. But the home team dug in, kept the visitor at bay and took the action into overtime. It was the first time in precisely one month that Dinamo took a point from a game.
However, the home team did not have enough in the tank to snap that losing skid. Matt White was denied a winning goal right at the start of the extras and overtime was settled when Dinamo was called for too many men. Avtomobilist worked the power play and leading scorer Alexei Makeyev delivered the killer blow to consign the host to a 12th successive loss.